English Department


Program Overview

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

NEOMFA, Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, click here to view detailed information from all universities.

For more information on the NEOMFA program at Cleveland State University click here and for graduate courses click here.

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is offered as part of the NorthEast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a four-university consortium incorporating the faculty and resources of Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and the University of Akron. The degree program offers five different concentrations: fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, poetry, and literary translation. Curriculum focuses on the techniques of professional writing and the analysis of literary works from the point of view of the practitioner while electives enable the study of whatever subject area will further the student’s writing interests. A required internship offers practical workplace experience from a wide range of fields, including teaching, editing, grant writing, arts marketing, and arts administration.

The program is designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students. Workshops and craft and theory courses are routinely offered in the evenings. Students can register freely across institutional boundaries for graduate courses offered at any of the participating universities and taught either by regular faculty or by visiting resident writers.

A NEOMFA Executive Committee, made up of representatives from each Consortium university, governs the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, oversees the subcommittee on the admission of students, appoints NEOMFA graduate assistants, and makes policy decisions for the Master of Fine Arts program. It also hears student petitions that specifically address NEOMFA arrangements or policy.
Prospective and current students should consult the Handbook for Graduate Studies in English at: http://www.csuohio.edu/class/english/grhandbook/

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Contact Info

The Department of English: Rhodes Tower, Room 1815; Phone (216) 687-3951

Admission Requirements

To apply to the NorthEast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program:

Complete the Application for Graduate Admission at Cleveland State, checking the "English - Creative Writing NEOMFA" as the intended program of study and checking Master's Degree. To facilitate the process, we strongly recommend that applicants use the online application system at https://applynow.csuohio.edu/CSUApply/index.jsp?careerHint=GRAD

The submission process requires that an applicant have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher and a 3.0 average in courses in English. Applicants must provide transcripts of all previous college work and, for NEOMFA applicants, three letters of recommendation. Students interested in teaching assistantships should submit a sample of academic writing, normally a research paper from an undergraduate course.

In addition to submitting an application to the Cleveland State University, applicants must also submit to the NEOMFA office, three letters of recommendation, a one-page statement of purpose, and a creative writing portfolio.  Send to Michael Geither, NEOMFA Director at neomfa.applicants@gmail.com.  For additional details about the NEOMFA see http://neomfa.org/prospective-students.

NEOMFA Courses

The menu of Consortium courses is comprised of the collective graduate offerings of participating departments at all four NEOMFA universities. For an overview, consult the course-offering page on the NEOMFA Web site at www.ysu.edu/neomfa, where specific MFA courses are designated and available literature courses, as well as many electives, are listed for upcoming semesters.